Women and gender issues

Women and gender issues

21 October 2021
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council open debate on women, peace and security, in New York today:

21 October 2021
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Warning that an “avalanche of crises”, including an uptick in military coups and armament races, is rapidly setting back the clock on women’s rights, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, made a fervent call today to the Security Council to put women front and centre in peacebuilding efforts worldwide.

21 October 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new crisis response initiative in Afghanistan, known as ABADEI, as part of efforts to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.  Among other things, it provides grants to small businesses, cash-for-work projects and support to marginalized individuals.

20 October 2021

Despite increased climate ambition and net-zero commitments, Governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Production Gap Report, released today.

19 October 2021

Global foreign direct investment flows in the first half of 2021 reached approximately $852 billion, showing stronger than expected rebound momentum, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said today (UNCTAD).  Developed economies saw the biggest rise at an estimated $424 billion, UNCTAD noted.

15 October 2021

In Nigeria, the World Food Programme today warned that it might cut food aid as early as next month to more than 500,000 people in the north‑east unless it receives at least $55 million in urgent funding.  The cuts come as severe hunger reaches a five-year high due to years of conflict and worsened by COVID-19.

13 October 2021
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Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the third Eurasian Women’s Forum, held today:

7 October 2021
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Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on 11 October:

4 October 2021
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Health Day, observed on 10 October:

30 September 2021

In Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that its first aircraft carrying life‑saving medical supplies arrived yesterday in Kabul through the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Airbridge.  It will cover the needs of 100,000 children and women for the next three months.

17 September 2021

A new report by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) underscores the need to cut global emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  By contrast, recent data reveal that emissions are currently on track to increase by 16 per cent over 2010 levels by that date.

13 September 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it will be forced to suspend food aid delivery to more than 100,000 displaced people in parts of South Sudan, beginning in October, due to funding shortfalls.  It warned that further cuts may be inevitable if an additional $154 million is not raised in the next four months.  

13 September 2021
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), today announced the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN-Women.

30 July 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the 2021 Women 20 Summit, in Rome on 13-15 July:

30 July 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to a virtual side event of the Economic and Social Council’s High-Level Political Forum on “Equity in the era of COVID-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals:  Improving Accountability for the Health and Rights of Vulnerable Women, Children and Adolescents”, on 13 July:

30 July 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the Girls Up Leadership Summit, on 13 July:

8 July 2021
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement to the launch of the Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) today:

1 July 2021

In Syria, United Nations agencies and aid partners are trucking in emergency water supplies and installing reverse osmosis pumps in Al-Hasakeh city amid reports of another disruption at Alouk water station,  which shut down on 23 June.  Up to 1 million people in the region are affected when the station ceases to operate.

30 June 2021

A new report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development found that the crash in international tourism due to COVID-19 could cause a $4 trillion loss to global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic’s direct impact on the sector and ripple effects on others.

28 June 2021
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The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is appointing today a new Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child, Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of the Republic of Estonia.